If you’re as heavily into beauty-Instagram as the likes of me, you’ll likely have come across a new trend people are calling “glass skin.” Sounds like the terrifying subject of a Channel 5 documentary, right? But no, it’s about skin so perfectly flat and smooth as to almost be reflective. Like glass, you see. Beauty people are so clever.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – yet another ridiculous beauty standard for women. Skin can’t look like glass, because skin isn’t glass. Well spotted! However, after some trials and tribulations (and wading through many annoying how-to guides that basically say that all you need is to drink more water) I’ve come up with a process that can help even the bumpiest skin look a little bit more glass-like. Let’s begin.
The foundation (puns!) of the glass skin look begins with skincare, or more accurately, with exfoliation. I am evangelical about exfoliation as the most helpful thing for minimizing acne, evening tone and adding a glow, but its fundamental purpose is to smooth. Go for either a physical scrub (Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub is the best) a chemical option (Vichy’s Idealia Peeling Night Care is my current “toner” of choice) or something which combines the two (Exfolikate by Kate Somerville, no further questions).
It’s also impossible to achieve a glossy, reflective look to your skin without adequate hydration. If something is dry, it’s less smooth (think grapes vs. raisins). Hyaluronic acid serums are your friend here – layer under your usual moisturizer to make it work harder. I also favor a facial oil when trying to maximize reflection. A great option is Gressa’s Purifying Facial Oil, which offers slip and sheen but won’t clog pores and cause future non-glass-like effects.
If you’re particularly dry, sleeping in a hydrating mask can really help boost glassification. A new favorite is the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask. It smells like a big ol’ tub of Turkish Delight, and the jelly-esque texture plumps, hydrates and most importantly smooths down any flakes.
Onto makeup – I’m not usually a primer advocate but if glass skin is your aim, pore filling must unfortunately be your game. The best skin smoother I’ve found is the Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector. It gives skin a pleasantly laminated look without that foul powdery feeling of a silicone primer. Plus it has ingredients like tree bark and lentils (weird but true) to actually help skin rather than hurt it.
To maximize the glass-look of your foundation, the only real way is to apply with a damp sponge. I’m sure you all already know this, so I’m skipping over it a bit. Damp. Sponge. Ok.
Finally, highlight – but this is not highlight as you know it. Instead of a shimmery powder or sheeny cream, I’d recommend a clear gloss look. You can use a genuine face gloss (Make Beauty do a great one) or, don’t tell anyone, but just use Vaseline. A final caveat – less is more. Glass skin can slip over into grease skin territory. Still a “look” – but probably not the one you were going for.
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